PUBLISHED: 15:09, Wed, Sep 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:09, Wed, Sep 9, 2020
Andrew has been at the centre of an international storm over the last year due to his association with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, already a convicted sex offender, was arrested last summer on charges relating to sex trafficking of young women and girls, but killed himself before his trial. The Duke of York first became friends with the billionaire in around 1999.
He has categorically denied any knowledge of Epstein’s crimes and offered to help the US investigation into the former financier’s alleged international sex trafficking ring.
The FBI claims he has not assisted them despite repeated calls for him to act as a witness in the investigation, but Andrew and his legal team say they have offered to help on three separate occasions.
There is no implication that Andrew is guilty of any wrongdoing.
The Duke of York’s previous trips to the US have been controversial because of his behaviour.
Prince Andrew is the Queen's second son and has the title of the Duke of York (Image: Getty)
Andrew with Epstein in Florida in 2000 (Image: Getty)
In 1984, he went to California on a royal tour and frustrated his royal parents so much they felt forced to “read the riot act” to him.
Commentator Nigel Cawthorne wrote in his 2020 biography ‘Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace’ that this particular trip even earned him a new nickname.
Mr Cawthorne explained: “Old flame Kim Deas accompanied him on a trip to the US, where his behaviour was so bad he was dubbed the Duke of Yob by the British press.
“The American media called it ‘the most unpleasant royal visit since they burned the White House in 1812’.”
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Andrew's behaviour in the US in the Eighties meant his parents "read him the riot act" (Image: Getty)
According to Canadian publication, Macleans, Andrew’s “impulsiveness” in California is what triggered his new nickname.